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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree shows how rewarding and informative building a family history can be. Genealogy instructor Jeff Sengstack teaches how to find lost ancestors, connect with living relatives, and collaborate with others to grow a family tree. He explains how to use the Family Tree Maker application along with Ancestry.com and other internet sites to track down census data, immigration records, and other important documents, and then organize family tree data. Jeff also presents tips on how to scan old photos, create video slideshows, and build family web sites. Exercise files accompany this course.
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Frequently as you make your family tree you'll probably add facts that really are personal and should be kept private just to you or maybe close family members and so when you export your family tree for other people to work on, you want to make sure that those personal private facts are not exported. So you can make facts private, and there are three basic ways to do that. We will start by looking in the Person view. So we can select a fact. This particular fellow, this great- grandfather of mine, worked for 20th Century Fox and perhaps we don't want to make that public.
Well, obviously I have been making it public throughout this entire tutorial series. But in this particular case, we decide that should be private. So we are going to click on that guy, go to Options, and say Mark as Private. Now it will put a little lock next to it. So this means now that when we export this tree with this person in it, there'll be an option that says Include private facts with a check box. We will uncheck that box, so that all private facts will not be included. Now, you can make a note private. Here's a little note that I have written that is obviously personal and private.
So we're going to make this private by clicking on this little lock, the same icon you see up there. We have clicked on here. Now, this particular note is now private. You can tell this private, because this lock has a little yellow box around it now. So that when we come back here, it will be private. If I go to somebody else that might have notes, I will say I'll go back to someone like John here for example, and actually let's go to his father and there's a note there. Notice that there is no little yellow box around this except I am hovering over. So that's not private. So that's how you make a note private. Now, there's one another way to make things private.
You can make lots of facts private all at once. So let's go to Edit > Manage Facts. So we're going to manage a whole pile of facts at once. I am going to click on that. Let's say we want to have the arrival of all the individuals in our tree private. So I click on Arrival, I go to Data Options, and I am going to get this message. Before you start changing a lot of stuff at once, maybe you want to back things up. Well, in this particular case, we won't do that because this is just an example, so we will say no. It shows everybody who has an Arrival Fact associated with them, and we can check our own, check individuals.
We don't need to include everyone. We don't have to make every arrival private. But we are going to make all three of these private. I am going to show you how to do that. So they are all selected now and I can go down here and check this box that says Mark the selected facts as. When I click on that, it gives me the option to choose Private. Now if I click OK, all three of those things will be private and I will go back and close and you can see. Look at the arrivals there were marked as Private right away. So that's how you can make facts private in Family Tree Maker.
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